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Sabres' contract depth chart: Money to be spent at wing, defense

By John Vogl

There are teams with a lot of money to spend this summer, and then there's the Buffalo Sabres. They have tons, oodles, boatloads, carloads and planeloads of cash to spend.

The Sabres, with about $31 million in payroll committed to next season, are $20 million away from the salary cap floor. They are a whopping $38 million away from the upper limit.

UPDATE: They have since added Brian Gionta for three years at $4.25 million per year and Josh Gorges at $3.9 million, a total cap hit of $8.15 million.

Here's a look at their contract depth chart, keeping in mind that restricted free agents Tyler Ennis, Marcus Foligno and Chad Ruhwedel still need to be signed. Listed are the cap hit and number of years remaining, including the 2014-15 season.

Left wing

Cody Hodgson, $4.25 million (five)

Nicolas Deslauriers, $637,500 (two)

Center

Torrey Mitchell, $1.9 million (one)

Zemgus Girgensons, $894,167 (two)

Brian Flynn, $637,500 (one)

Matt Ellis, $550,000 (one)

Right wing

Brian Gionta, $4.25 million (three)

Chris Stewart, $4.15 million (one)

Drew Stafford, $4 million (one)

Patrick Kaleta, $1.25 million (one)

Defensemen

Tyler Myers, $5.5 million (five)

Josh Gorges, $3.9 million (four)

Mike Weber, $1.67 million (two)

Rasmus Ristolainen, $925,000 (two)

Jake McCabe, $925,000 (one)

Mark Pysyk, $870,000 (one)

Goaltenders

Michal Neuvirth, $2.5 million (one)

Jhonas Enroth, $1.25 million (one)

It's amazing that only six (UPDATE: eight) players have a deal that goes past this coming season. It means they'll have lots of money to spend again next summer.

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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